Shrek Is Love, Shrek Is Life


Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life is a series of green text stories that often contain sexually explicit encounters between the fictional ogre character Shrek and children who pray to him.


The original “Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life” story was posted to 4chan on January, 14th, 2013, which tells the story of a 9-year-old boy who prays to Shrek prior to being sodomized by the green ogre character.

ile: 1358148753159.ipg-(105 KB, 300x300, Anonymous (ID: CBcH+zLI) 01/14/13 (Mon)02:32:33 No.450921803 Replies: 24509 >I was only 9 years old > I loved shrek so much, I had all the merchandise and movies > I pray to shrek every night before bed, thanking him for the life I've been given > "Shrek is love" say. "Shrek is life" > My dad hears me and he calls me a faggot > I knew he was just jealous of my devotion for Shrek > I called him a cunt > He slaps me and sends me to go to sleep Im crying now, and my face hurts > I lay in bed and its really cold >A warmth i > I feel something touch me > Its shrek > I am so happy > He whispers in to ear, "this is my swamp > He grabs me with his powerful ogre hands and puts me on my hands and knees s moving towards me > I'm ready > I spread my ass cheeks for Shrek > He penetrates my butthole > It hurts so much but I do it for Shrek > I can feel my butt tearing as my eyes start to water > I push against his force I want to please Shrek > He roars a mighty roar as he fills my butt with his love > My dad walks in > Shrek looks him straight in the eye and says. "Its all ogre now" > Shrek leaves through my window > Shrek is love, Shrek is life Anonymous (ID: fBWBqNjg) 01/14/13(Mon)02:33:51 No.450922048 what the fuck Shrek face text yellow smile

>I was only 9 years old
>I loved Shrek so much, I had all the merchandise and movies
>I pray to Shrek every night before bed, thanking him for the life I’ve been given
>”Shrek is love” I say; “Shrek is life”
>My dad hears me and calls me a faggot
>I know he was just jealous of my devotion for Shrek
>I called him a cunt
>He slaps me and sends me to go to sleep
>I’m crying now, and my face hurts
>I lay in bed and it’s really cold
>Suddenly, a warmth is moving towards me
>It’s Shrek


On February 18th, 2013, YouTuber SgtSnuggleButt uploaded a dramatic reading of the original green text story (mirror below, left). On the following day, YouTuber CatalystEXE uploaded another reading of the story dubbed over a dark computer animation of Shrek (shown below, right). In nearly one year, the videos gained over 550,000 and 300,000 views respectively.


On March 5th, a variation of the original green text story was posted on 4chan, in which a 14-year-old performs oral sex on Shrek after the ogre chases away his entire class at school. The green text story was subsequently submitted to the /r/FiftyFifty[4] subreddit, where it received more than 2,000 up votes and 70 comments before it was archived.

File (149 KB, 1232x1616, OnionKnightShrek.jpg) Anonymous (ID: prra5SQw) 03/05/13(Tue)18:34:46 No.463106060 Replies: 463106863463107554 Be 14 >Bring shrek 1 & 2 to class >Tell teacher we must watch shrek >Teacher makes class vote for which movie to watch >shrek 2 has majority vote >feelsgoodman.jpeg >Then, Francis pulls out Despicable Me and hands it to teacher >Everyone in class votes for it and laughs at me >Teacher throws my shreks back at me and puts Despicable Me in DVD player >As the disc loads, I hear loud footsteps from outside. The rumbling shakes the desks and chairs The smell of onions filled the room. >Suddenly, naked Shrek bursts through the wall and looks at DVD menu of Despicable Me in anger > "Ogre m'aye dead bodeh >Shrek throws two onionades at the tv and kills the teacher ad a deaf girl >"Dohble Keel" >Shrek punches through a kid's chest, pulls out his heart and replaces it with an onionade >kid explodes > Treeple Kehl >Shrek grabs Francis as he tries to escape and bends him over >He pulls out Francis' intestines through his butthole and ties an onion to it >Shrek then tosses the onion out the window and Francis is dragged out with it >Francis falls 8 stories to his death >Shrek turns around to rest of the class >He quietly whispers, "Thees is the pahrt whehre you run away >Entire class jumps out of windows to their death > SHREKSTERMINATION >Shrek turns to me >He looks me in the eve and smiles > Bet yeh weren't shrekspecting thAt. >-ls it....ogre? ask >"It's ogre when Aye say it's ogre" >I fall to my knees at his majesty was ready to please Shrek. >He pulled out his massive ogresized eshrekt cock and lodged it in my throat >My eyes filled with tears mfw they were happy tears >Shrek let out a loud ogre roar as he filled my esophagus with sour cum and onion sauce >He pulled his cock out of my mouth but as I wiped away my tears, I noticed he was already gone >Shrek is love, shrek is life Discuss Princess Fiona text

On May 28th, Redditor SirBerrington submitted a photograph of graffiti on the wall of a school library reading “Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life” to the /r/4chan[1] subreddit (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post accumulated upwards of 3,900 up votes and 100 comments.

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On November 30th, YouTuber syklopaattii uploaded a Garry’s Mod animation featuring the Scout character from the multiplayer first-person shooter game Team Fortress 2 portraying the boy in the original “Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life” story (shown below, left). On March 18th, 2014, YouTuber Sykotic uploaded a computer animated depiction of the original story (shown below, right). On March 25th, the video was submitted to the /r/videos[2] subreddit, where it garnered over 2,600 up votes and 150 comments in the first 48 hours.


You have to pay attention to these 6 things when launching your startup

The market has been explored, the product is ready to go – and now just get out with it? Better not. So that the launch of your startup doesn’t fizzle out ineffectively, you should consider these six things.

Rent sufficient server capacity

If your own website cannot cope with even a small influx of visitors, it causes disappointment on both sides. The visitors are frustrated and close the browser window quickly. The startup, on the other hand, immediately loses valuable new customers. So what to do Everything depends on the available server capacities: Amazon, for example, offers startups special conditions for using the AWS platform . Of course, corresponding packages with automatically scalable capacities can also be booked with German hosters.

Contact the local newspaper first

Media coverage is an important lever for organic growth. After all, this is usually the only way to achieve viral effects. However, founders should not immediately assume a report on relevant portals such as Gründerszene or t3n, since reports there are usually only after a significant financing round.

The route via the local newspaper is easier: anyone with their startup outside of Berlin can contact a journalist on site before the launch. Most of them are very interested in a local founding story and often come with a photographer. The reporting in local newspapers, in turn, makes your own startup more interesting for the specialist media.

Provide a press kit

However, media attention does not come about by itself – precaution is also required here. A press area on the website is extremely important, where journalists can download general information about the startup as well as logos, screenshots and photos of the founders.

Please do not save money at this point: It is worth taking some money into your hands for a professional shoot. Because poorly lit portraits – in the worst case still in black and white – tend to create a mood of sadness.

Appoint a contact person for press inquiries

And what if it works with the interests of other journalists after the launch? Then there should always be a contact person who reacts quickly to relevant inquiries. Initially, this can either be the founder himself or an employee with experience in marketing. Ideally, the contact person always has a link to the press kit and a factsheet about the startup ready for each email.

Promote your idea to Product Hunt

Dozens of startups have already won many thousands of customers overnight thanks to Product Hunt : New products from the tech scene are advertised on the platform every day. To do this, users post a link to a website and others can then upvote it. The more votes there are, the more prominently the startup is advertised. It takes a bit of luck, but it doesn’t cost anything to try.

Accompany the launch with a blog

Every startup should write a blog post just in time for the launch. It can answer important questions about the product: How did the idea come about? What problem does it solve? Who is behind it? New customers appreciate this form of approach because it is authentic and creates trust. Companies like Outbank or Scanbot provide great examples of such blog  postings .

5 great CRM tools for startups

Customer orientation is a significant competitive factor for every company. By using CRM software, customer management can be more time-saving and the quality can be significantly improved.

Cloud technologies offer many advantages, especially for customer management, and they also pay off when visiting customers. All customer data and processes can be viewed and updated on site. Startups in particular can benefit from this: cloud solutions are scalable as required and can grow with the startup. Tasks that require competence, specialist personnel and time expenditure, such as installation, configuration and data security, can be outsourced. In startups in particular, there is often a lack of resources and the necessary specialist staff. Furthermore, startups have a relative cost advantage through the use of cloud software, as the software costs are incurred on a monthly basis and the risk of a bad investment is significantly reduced.

In this article we present five helpful CRM tools for startups that offer a cloud solution, a German language version of the software and a product version tailored to startups. Further selection criteria for the products include ease of learning and a high level of user-friendliness, a mobile app and important integrations with other tools and monthly costs of less than 15 euros per user (providers with a free version are preferred).

Project planning and management in Bitrix24

Project planning and management in Bitrix24.


Bitrix is ​​a very easy to use system with a huge variety of functions. In addition to classic customer and contact management, Bitrix offers document management, integrated email marketing, sales automation, invoicing and sales team management. There are also numerous functions from the field of project management, including task management, Gantt charts and, in the plus version, time recording. Telephone system functions such as group chat, video conferencing and telephony are also available in the free version.

Price : Bitrix24 offers a free version for twelve users and 5 gigabytes of storage space. The plus version is available for six users for 69 euros a month and provides companies with 50 gigabytes of storage. For 99 euros per month for 50 users, functions and storage space can be expanded.

Major integrations : Freshbooks, Dropbox, Quickbooks, Microsoft Office 365, Google Docs, Onedrive and more.

Special feature : Bitrix differs from the competition with its huge range of functions and can be used as a complete project management software.

Contact management in CentralstationCRM

Contact management in CentralstationCRM.

CentralstationCRM concentrates on standard functionalities and offers a clear customer and task management. The tool also shows open offers and all associated notes, emails and documents so that users can see all the details of the offer at a glance. Companies can import their contacts into the system via V-Cards (from Outlook, Apple Contacts, Gmail) or Excel lists. The software offers a smaller range of functions than, for example, Bitrix. If these functions are not enough, the system offers integrations with many different products and an API interface.

Local contact : CentralstationCRM is a software manufacturer from Cologne with data centers in Germany.

Price : CentralstationCRM is permanently free for startups (three users, 200 contacts, 20 megabytes of files). For 19 euros a month for three users, companies get 3,000 contacts and 1 gigabyte of files, for 39 euros a month for ten users 10,000 contacts and 3 gigabytes of files. The software can also be further scaled as required.

Important integrations : Newsletter2go, Fastbill, Snapaddy, Userlike and others.

Special features : CentralstationCRM has all CRM functions necessary for startups and is characterized by simplicity and a reduction to the essentials. This makes the software clear and easy to learn.

Automatic tracking of customer interactions in Hubspot CRM

Automatic tracking of customer interactions in Hubspot CRM.


In addition to contact and customer management, Hubspot also offers automatic logging of sales activities as well as functions for sales automation and maps the sales funnel. The CRM system is not the product with which Hubspot tries to earn money: The goal of the provider is to win over companies for the additional products Hubspot Marketing Hub, Sales Hub and Service Hub through the free CRM software. Hubspot’s marketing and marketing automation tool in particular is unique. Hubspot can pull data about people from their internet activity and email engagement rates, among other things. This means that data no longer has to be entered or uploaded into the CRM by a sales representative. The CRM system now also offers e-mail marketing. Users can have up to 2.

Local contact : Hubspot has a branch and thus a contact in Germany.

Price : Hubspot CRM is free for 1,000,000 records with no limits on the number of users and storage space, making it the only tool on our list that is 100 percent free.

Important integrations : Weclapp CRM, Hubspot Marketing Hub, Sales Hub, Service Hub and others.

Special features : The Hubspot CRM system stands out from the competition with its impressive data acquisition capabilities.

Sales pipeline in Pipedrive

Sales pipeline in Pipedrive.

Pipedrive is tailored for small business sales teams. In Pipedrive, users find a visual sales pipeline with which they can easily and clearly keep an eye on sales processes. You can view future events and estimated sales dates, manage sales teams, and forecast sales. Furthermore, the tool always prompts companies for the next activity. Another great feature of the tool is the customizable dashboard. In the dashboard view, users are shown their results in real time.

Local contact : Pipedrive has a German website and prices in euros, but unfortunately no customer service in German.

Price : The silver version of the software costs 12.50 euros per user and month (with annual billing). Companies get the advanced version of the software for EUR 24.20 per user per month.

Major integrations : Dropbox, Google Apps, Google Drive, Highrise, and more.

Specifics : Pipedrive is a great program for closing deals, but less so for customer care after the deal. Therefore, Pipedrive is best suited for businesses such as real estate companies that are not interested in after-sales support.

Reporting in Zoho CRM

Reporting in Zoho CRM.

The free version of Zoho CRM offers contact and customer management, task management, opportunity display, charts, a document library, call center interfaces and web forms. Furthermore, users have access to a wide range of reporting functions. With an upgrade, functions for sales forecasts, marketing campaigns, e-mail integration, social CRM, inventory management and process management can be activated.

Local contact : Zoho has a German website. However, prices are in dollars and customer support is in English.

Price : The CRM system is free for three users; it is limited to 25,000 entries and one gigabyte of storage space. Companies can upgrade to the standard version for 18 euros per user and month with monthly billing and 12 euros per user and month with annual billing. The upgrade to the professional version is available for 30 or 20 euros.

Major integrations : Mailchimp, Dropbox, G Suite, Adobe Sign, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Eventbrite and others.

Special features : Zoho is known for the smooth import functions between the various Zoho tools (Zoho Books, Zoho Reports and more).


This is how companies use chief digital officers correctly

The role of the CDO can currently be the most important position in the company – or the least useful. This is due to the lack of a clear definition of the role and its anchoring in the company.

New competitors, who digitize themselves faster and more consistently and thus quickly gain market share, bring previously very successful companies such as P&C, C&A, Toys’r’Us, Mytoys or Gerry Weber more and more difficult. In order to react to this, the companies have been gradually bringing more and more Chief Digital Officers (CDO) to their management floors since 2016. For successful digitization , you need brave new CEOs, sales, IT and HR managers who understand not only traditional retail, but also the digital world 100 percent. A CDO can provide support on an interim basis at most.

“Kill your company – every day in an emergency”

In the future, only those dealers will survive who are either large and dominant in the market, who have verticalized as manufacturers or who have specialized to a high degree. The middle is dead and the regional USP is losing importance thanks to ever better shipping processes.

For companies this means: They have to revolutionize their killer factors, i.e. radically automate and digitize processes for maximum cost efficiency and speed. You need the necessary flexibility, also in the way you work in order to be able to react more agile and faster to changes in the market. And they have to develop from a regionally shaped business model to one that is nationally competitive. It is not only important to radically further develop the relevant killer factors product, price, frequency, marketing, services, features, IT and processes and organization. Companies must also have the courage to change, let go of tried and tested success drivers and learn from the success of new models. To put it bluntly, it means for companies: “Kill your company – every day in an emergency.” Misery discussions in gigantic rounds do not lead to anything. Now decisions have to be made.

CDO – currently the most misleading position in many German companies

“IT follows the strategy” – the saying that still applies today is known from the 80s. The difference to earlier is: When you talk about IT today, you don’t just mean the fax machine or ERP software. Today, IT forms the basis for all business models (online shops, social channels) and also for maximum automation and the associated increase in competitiveness. For this purpose, many companies are now bringing in a Chief Digital Officer. A part of the company defines him as the one who understands the new e-business world and will therefore find the solutions for the further development of the business strategy. The other half see him as a technical and process-oriented person.

It is completely forgotten that in view of the current market development it is not about a slight evolution of the existing business. What is required is a tough revolution, a real change, the courage to make maximum changes. But that cannot be the job of a CDO. That was, is and remains the task of the CEO – together with the management. A CDO can support you as an interim business revolutionary and, with a profound understanding of digital, drive the further development of the business model, including product, price and marketing strategy, together with the management.

The same applies to the role of the CDO as an automation and process digitizer. This is also not a CDO responsibility, it has always been the job of the IT boss. However, it is essential that the role and working methods of the IT bosses change. He must take responsibility for the process-related digitization and become much more agile and flexible in his way of working.

A CDO cannot implement cultural change either. This is the job of the HR manager and has to be driven either by HR, appropriate program managers or coaches. But change only begins when it is exemplified and implemented by the entire management. Unfortunately, many companies make the mistake of confusing process optimization with digital change. You pay lip service to CDO, but then don’t have the courage to take the appropriate action.

A CDO can only successfully digitize at eye level with the CEO

A CDO is therefore neither a new e-commerce boss, nor a new IT boss, nor a new marketing boss, but is responsible for corporate development in close coordination with the CEO. The CDO has to come from a business background, understand the new customer needs, develop new digital business models from them, bring international know-how, understand working methods and develop strategies together with the teams and above all: implement and implement them!

In order to be able to do this successfully, a CDO needs one thing: power and real decision-making authority – and a CEO who is brave enough to consistently follow the path. Positioned next to the CEO and given clear responsibilities, a CDO can successfully initiate the change in close consultation. To put it simply: the CDO becomes the CEO with equal rights in the company and shares with the existing management the tasks of the existing business and stakeholder management as well as the development of the new business. And what does that mean for the heads of IT, sales and marketing? Either they can also develop radically digitally or have to be replaced. Here too there are only two alternatives: courage or goodbye.

Without this clarity and definition of the role, a CDO is nothing more than a declaration of intent – and thus ineffective like antidepressants for heart attacks.

You should develop marketplace strategies, not open marketplaces indiscriminately

A marketplace is hip! Marketplaces are today’s Tamagotchi. Everyone is playing around with it. Unfortunately, unlike the Tamagotchi, merchants cannot restart if the game goes wrong. 

Marketplaces are all the rage: after Real and the Hitmeister takeover, Karstadt struck Hood. And DPD cooperates as the exclusive service provider with Buyerzon, a completely unknown marketplace. The marketplace fever seems to be taking hold. Even if it is generally to be welcomed that the importance of a marketplace strategy has arrived in the industry, it should become clear that a marketplace strategy does not necessarily require its own marketplace. Especially not a full-range supplier who simply has everything in its range and so would have to be an Amazon or Ebay competitor in terms of positioning.

Not everyone needs a marketplace

A certain size is necessary to operate a marketplace. For many traders, including larger traders, it can make more sense to use existing marketplaces. Marketplaces need huge assortments right from the start, many dealers and must have a large reach. As well as processes and manpower to support the dealers.

These are, among other things, reasons why Real with Hitmeister and Karstadt with Hood have bought complete marketplaces. With, however, the last marketplace with a noteworthy reach is gone, for other marketplace interested parties all that remains is to rebuild. And anyone who still wants to open a marketplace today needs extremely long breath.

Full-range supplier, the Amazon clones

Opening a marketplace that positions itself as a generalist is extremely difficult. The last successful new opening is likely to be in Switzerland. Who benefit from the special features of the Swiss market, which is still very self-contained compared to the domestic market.

Establishing a new generalist or full-range supplier who simply sells everything is much more difficult on the German or European market. Most recently, the Swedish marketplace Fyndiq could tell a thing or two about it, who withdrew from Germany because the business wasn’t worth it. An enormous advertising power in the direction of the end customer and retailer is necessary to reach a profitable threshold. That requires large, two- to three-digit million amounts as investments.

Marketplace strategy: Unique selling points are necessary

It can make more sense to set up a marketplace with a clear unique selling point, a special focus such as Mytoys is currently planning , which focuses completely on the family as the target group. It is much more promising to prove product range competence in a category and to target advertising budgets specifically to specific target groups than to actually want to compete with Amazon in full .

“David and Goliath” have no place in a marketplace strategy

For smaller retailers, a marketplace strategy is always about two things: Firstly, to moderately expand their own range in their own shop and, with cooperation partners, to open up new sources of revenue in completely new ways with services, services or content. And secondly, about the intelligent use of existing marketplaces such as Amazon, Ebay, Otto, Real or Rakuten.

Whatever retailers do, it doesn’t always have to be an attack on Amazon. You don’t always have to play “David against Goliath”. These images are quickly evoked in media reporting, always with a positive connotation. According to the motto “someone is finally doing something”. Yes, namely nonsense. In contrast to the Bible, such arguments do not end with a victorious slingshot. Traders prefer to look for an intelligent way to use the large marketplaces for themselves, even if that involves risks. Today’s customer reality dictates that.

Marketplace strategy does not mean “Let’s do it like Amazon” or “Let’s attack Amazon”, nor does it necessarily mean “We have to have a marketplace”, it means for your own company to find the best possible way to deal with the new world of platform economy.

Online Reputation Management: Upkeep is your best defense

The first impression shouldn’t go bad. This is not only the case in real life, but also in the digital world. But what can you do when search queries only display undesired content and attack your own online reputation?

The Bettina Wulff case and the discussion that started on the search suggestions displayed by Google, the so-called autocomplete or suggest function, showed which waves the topic of online reputation can make in public and not only affect companies. If you entered the name of the wife of the former Federal President in the search bar, this was supplemented by various attributions, all of which put Ms. Wulff in a bad light – which she finally took legal action against. After a long discussion, Google has now deleted a few search results.

True or not, her case is not unusual. What appears on the first page of the Google search results quickly puts you in a certain drawer. The searcher forms his own opinion on the basis of this content, which in most cases only reproduces a minimal section of the information available on the Internet. And it is not uncommon for this information to arise not from facts, but from attributions from untrustworthy sources.

Care Product Online Reputation: Companies and People

More and more companies and people are recognizing the scope of this opinion-forming, or the value that the most prominent search results have. Google is the number one information platform on the Internet and is used by countless users as a decision-making aid before buying a product or using a service. The turnover of a company is therefore directly and significantly related to its online reputation, as the company Biesalski & Company was able to determine in its “ Serviceplan Corporate Reputation ” from this year. Critical voices on the first page of search results are a deterrent and leave the searcher with considerable doubts about the quality of a product or the seriousness of a company.

The reputation on the internet is therefore an extremely valuable asset that must be carefully maintained, protected or built up. And this is exactly where reputation management comes in. Many companies have already developed a higher sensitivity for the subject than was the case a year or two ago. It is now becoming more and more evident at the decision-making level that one’s own online reputation has a direct impact on day-to-day business – this applies to the local locksmith as well as to the internationally established stock exchange company.

Oust negative entries from prominent positions

Online reputation management is usually about displacing unwanted content and pages from prominent positions in Google search results. Such a deletion is only possible if you can convince the portal operator to take the corresponding article or comment offline himself. And that only works in the rarest of cases.

First and foremost, there is a comprehensive situation analysis in the context of which certain questions are investigated: Where exactly is the undesired content? How strong are the respective portals? What positive or neutral content already exists about the company? Which pages and content are suitable for optimization? Where exactly is there still need for action? Which channels can providers use? The situation analysis shows how big the effort will be and what specific measures can be used to restore the online reputation.

SEO as a measure

Existing positive content can be used or new content created to suppress negative content. To improve the ranking of the individual pages, typical SEO measures are used, which can be ascribed to either on-page or off-page optimization. The aim of the work on the onpage is to optimize the website in such a way that the web crawlers can index it completely and the search algorithms of the search engines classify the content of the site as particularly relevant.

Offpage optimization, on the other hand, deals with the environment of a website, with the focus primarily on generating backlinks. The more links lead to a website, the more trust Google places on this site and the higher it is listed in the search results for the relevant keywords.

Online PR is the basis: press releases and interviews

But which channels are available to the providers? What options can they use to combat the problem? A basic distinction can be made between publishing and creating new content. As far as publications are concerned, one could write a press release and try to position it on relevant sites.

Another possibility would be to place an interview with a managing director, for example about company goals. Writing and publishing texts goes in the direction of online public relations and is a tried and tested means of establishing positive content online and strengthening a certain brand. The keyword density in the texts plays an important role.

Reputation management in the social web

When it comes to creating new content, two measures are particularly useful: social media and microsites. Company pages on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Co. are not only ideal for customer communication, but also for suppressing unwanted web presences. It is important that the respective profiles are updated regularly, since the topicality also affects the ranking of the websites.

In addition, companies should only post high-quality content that also offers added value for the reader. In the best case, the user is addressed directly, which can quickly lead to a lively discussion. It is also possible to point out events or promotions as well as to run a competition, which may even be shared by individual users on their own pin board and thus achieve a particularly high reach.

You should also secure the corresponding vanity URLs, for example, in good time. All existing company pages on social networks then link to your own website, because there is no more relevant linker domain than your own homepage. The topic relevance factor is crucial for the Google algorithm. The search engine ideally honors corresponding links with a better ranking.

Increase visibility with microsites

Microsites are independent web presences that are primarily intended to fulfill two tasks in the area of ​​online reputation management: They increase the visibility of a company or a brand on the Internet and are ideal for suppressing negative content. The sites are usually not as extensive and general as the official website, but rather focus on a specific area or topic. In the case of a wine trade, it would be possible to create a separate microsite for each location. It would also be possible to have a blog on the subject of wine, on which relevant articles appear regularly.

Companies should only entrust the programming of microsites to specialists, as there are a large number of on-page factors that affect the subsequent ranking of the respective page: type of headings, internal link structure, meta descriptions, title tags, directory and file names , Graphics and keyword density. Incidentally, working on a company’s existing websites also includes their on-page optimization. It is important to analyze in detail where improvements can be made on a technical and content level. Once these have been implemented, the pages will almost certainly jump up on Google.

Active reputation management is required

Negative content in Google search results can result in significant economic damage. For this reason, your own online reputation should always be protected and maintained. This does not distinguish it from the general reputation of the company, only it often spreads faster and easier. Actors should be aware of their reputation on the Internet and its importance at all times and ideally not only act in a crisis situation. Reputation management can also be carried out preventively by creating or strengthening your own web presence. This makes it more difficult for any negative news to get far ahead in the Google search results and jeopardize an already established positive first impression.

Facebook hashtags – why they’re good for businesses

It has been known since yesterday evening that hashtags are being rolled out bit by bit on Facebook. So far, only a few users have been able to use the new feature. In addition, the small keywords will only be available via the web browser . Even if the hashtag feature looks like a little gimmick at first glance, it has many great advantages for the user, not least for companies and thus for Facebook itself.

Facebook hashtags as a community tool

First and foremost, you can use hashtags to set certain topics and trends and make them available in compressed form. Many site operators have already made use of this on Twitter and Google+, showing those interested in a brand campaign the way to specific content. For example , if you wanted to be forwarded to articles, spots or opinions on the real beauty campaign from the cosmetics brand Dove, you could search under #realbeauty and found what you were looking for. Nike created the hashtag #makeitcount for its FuelBand and, last but not least, sent the wonderfully beautiful web video about Max Joseph’s product on Twitter and Google+. Entire communities often crowd around such campaign hashtags – similar to company pages on social networks.

In this respect, Jens Wiese has not exaggerated when he writes on : “The introduction of hashtags is as important for Facebook as the introduction of the Facebook pages recently.” -Pages so far a great idea. However, if you only found one campaign interesting, you had to choose either the complete program of the fan page or nothing at all. Some companies have occasionally set up their own pages for campaigns, but there is often the risk that the respective pages will simply be orphaned at some point as soon as the marketing campaign is over. An example here is the “Giro sucht Hero”-Fanpage of the Sparkasse referred: 164,000 fans were acquired in a few months and then dropped at the end of the campaign by not communicating anything about it. Unfortunately a bit disadvantageous for the brand and, last but not least, for those interested.

Hashtags can be used to generate feedback even after a campaign has ended. For example, when the community that has gathered around the product takes care of the content itself. Fans can still read tweets on Twitter about the FuelBand or Real Beauty campaign every day. Funnily enough, you are also confronted with updates on the Sparkasse campaign. Brands can finally use this potential on Facebook – where there are potentially over a billion users.

Facebook hashtags for targeted advertising

Hashtags are also particularly exciting when it comes to advertising for companies. The principle in the context of advertisements is not that new here either. Topic targeting has been relevant in ad tools since August 2011. Here it is possible to assign the advertising to a higher-level topic with the help of a hashtag. With the hashtag feature for users, you can now guarantee even more specific spending and maybe even run real-time campaigns like on Twitter in the near future. In other words, if someone uses a certain hashtag, they can be given a corresponding product at the edge of the page at the same time – theoretically even in the news feed itself, if the principle is extended to sponsored posts. Advertisements on trending topics could also be placed. In addition, Facebook is working on a hashtag insights tool,

Crowdsourcing: This is how you implement the new co-economy in your company

Digital technologies, infrastructures and ecosystems enable new forms of collaboration. This has consequences for creative processes such as innovative project and product development. Companies and freelancers can already help shape this new co-economy.

More and more creative people are communicating their concepts and ideas openly instead of closing themselves off behind closed doors. This is accompanied by the request to participate in the generation of ideas, implementation or financing if you are interested. The web finally makes it possible: At least since the sociologist Manuel Castell put forward his thesis “Rise of Network Society”, we have understood a society and economic structure primarily as a network with decentralized value creation processes and global access to resources such as work, knowledge and capital – but also their bundling and redistribution with regard to supply and demand. In order to understand this new, digital social order, one has to understand the underlying mechanisms and motivations. The “Wikinomics” approach of management professor Don Tapscott plays a role here, but so does the knowledgeable use of the technical infrastructures.

Collaborative value creation

[metabox keyword = “crowdsourcing“] The co-economy primarily drives common goals: the successful implementation of projects, the desire to be able to help design products, or the advantages of a shared and thus expanded knowledge and creative pool. However, the collaborative approach does not exclude economic interests. Often collaborative processes even conserve resources and are therefore more efficient than self-sufficient approaches. On the one hand, the co-economies can be used within the company: for example, as an idea or forecast exchange, where the wisdom of the many helps to weigh and make strategic decisions; on the other hand, in the form of cooperation with other companies, customers or, in general, an expanded community of like-minded people. The latter are mostly online marketplaces where companies advertise creative concepts or other digital services (globally). The consensus: Those who are open to exchange learn and promote innovations. He reaches a wide target group with his product or concern and finds supporters in the implementation and financing of his ideas. Nevertheless, the co-economy is not a sure-fire success, but needs to be controlled. The hierarchies are distributed differently, but tasks and content still have to be curated. The basic infrastructure includes corresponding online networks and tools such as (digital) payment services. Without these technical requirements with correspondingly good usability, open collaboration is only possible to a limited extent – or at least not to the extent that is available today. on which companies advertise creative concepts or other digital services (globally). The consensus: those who are open to exchange learn and promote innovations. He reaches a wide target group with his product or concern and finds supporters in the implementation and financing of his ideas. Nevertheless, the co-economy is not a sure-fire success, but needs to be controlled. The hierarchies are distributed differently, but tasks and content still have to be curated. The basic infrastructure includes appropriate online networks and tools such as (digital) payment services. Without these technical requirements with correspondingly good usability, open collaboration is only possible to a limited extent – or at least not to the extent that is available today. on which companies advertise creative concepts or other digital services (globally). The consensus: those who are open to exchange learn and promote innovations. He reaches a wide target group with his product or concern and finds supporters in the implementation and financing of his ideas. Nevertheless, the co-economy is not a sure-fire success, but needs to be controlled. The hierarchies are distributed differently, but tasks and content still have to be curated. The basic infrastructure includes corresponding online networks and tools such as (digital) payment services. Without these technical requirements with correspondingly good usability, open collaboration is only possible to a limited extent – or at least not to the extent that is available today.

Marketplaces, creative portals, innovation platforms

In addition to crowdsourcing marketplaces such as99designs *  (for logos or web design) and oDesk  (for all types of creative services) or creative portals such as Jovoto  , there are above all innovation platforms such as Quirky  or UnserAllerthat promote a new type of collaborative creation: Here people develop ideas for products, product variants or improvements together. This co-creation is a strategic approach in which users create new services, products or ideas as part of a collaborative process (via the corresponding online platform). This has resulted in a fundamental paradigm shift in the relationship between client and customer as well as company and customer, but also in classic value creation. The community is driven by intrinsic motives such as the prospect of reputation, fun or interest in the product. Or extrinsic remuneration, such as an advertised prize money for the best designs. While on the crowdsourcing marketplaces creatives offer their services in an open infrastructure for hourly rates, fixed amounts or in the form of pitches, companies on the innovation platforms also use closed contests to treat designs more discreetly and thus in accordance with the group. In all cases, the rights to the drafts only change hands after confirmation by both parties, whereby the structures of the platform cover the handling (e.g. payment). In the case of open idea platforms, the companies must also ensure external community management (controlled by the company or an agency) in order to motivate the participants and ensure prompt feedback on the suggestions. Companies also use closed contests for their innovation platforms in order to treat drafts more discreetly and thus in accordance with the group. In all cases, the rights to the drafts only change hands after confirmation by both parties, whereby the structures of the platform cover the handling (e.g. payment). In the case of open idea platforms, the companies must also ensure external community management (controlled by the company or an agency) in order to motivate the participants and ensure prompt feedback on the suggestions. Companies also use closed contests for their innovation platforms in order to treat drafts more discreetly and thus in accordance with the group. In all cases, the rights to the drafts only change hands after confirmation by both parties, whereby the structures of the platform cover the handling (e.g. payment). In the case of open idea platforms, the companies must also ensure external community management (controlled by the company or an agency) in order to motivate the participants and ensure prompt feedback on the suggestions.

Implementation and requirements: Multi-stage review process

If you want to successfully implement such an online community, you should follow a few rules when building and operating the platform. The founder of the platform UnserAller Catharina van Delden, for example, relies on a project structure in several phases and a multi-stage review process. In their view, the proposal and coordination phases should always run separately. Ideally, invisible pre-voting limits the number of suggestions in the review and thus guarantees a minimum quality. The community has the last word, but the manufacturer can ensure the strategy and production fit. “Every project should be structured like a good brainstorming session. At the beginning, ideas are spun wildly and only then narrowed down, ”explains Catharina van Delden. “The biggest mistake in crowdsourcing product development is voting without prior review. It then inevitably appears as if the manufacturer is putting itself above the community, ”says van Delden. UnserAller relies primarily on good sorting algorithms that organize the display of ideas during the proposal phase. Every idea should have an equal chance of finding supporters in the proposal phase. In addition, a good mix of new things as well as exciting and good suggestions must always appear on the first page. It is recommended that the moderator summarize similar or identical ideas during the review or split suggestions. Finally, you need a closed area for elaboration: after the winner has been determined, the community dialogue should not stop. So it would make sense To let the winners participate in how their ideas actually flow into the product concept. At UnserAller, for example, this works via a closed project in which all winners of a phase can have a say.

Collaboration and co-working: online meets workspace

Models that connect online communities with physical workspaces take a slightly different approach – such as the co-working network  Seats2meet  from the Netherlands. The business model is based on the “social currency” – that is, the knowledge, skills and contacts – that the freelancers involved bring into the community. The deal is: registration on the online platform for free workspace, coffee and lunch. This lively creative community thus attracts companies that pay for the use of the infrastructure. In the US, a similar project was initiated by former Second Life founder and advocate of virtual worlds and currencies, Philip Rosedale. Who for his work  club is registered in San Francisco, has access to a mapping system that lists requests and offers: from print design to courier rides to Spanish courses. In addition, there is another platform called  Worklist . It is an open developer network that brings startups and programmers together. With these different elements, Rosedale wants to redefine the future of work, in the virtual and the physical world.

Conclusion: a new management style is required

These developments are one of the biggest changes of our time for many corporate areas – but especially for innovative project and product development – and require a completely new management style that knows and takes into account the collaborative value creation processes and new infrastructures as well as the needs of the associated community.

Positive effect of collaborative work requirement
Flexible access to ideas, work and capital Transparency, simplicity and good usability of the platforms
Better use of resources Adequate system for fair, targeted remuneration
Extended creative pool with a view of the bigger picture Clarification and protection of intellectual property
Greater creative freedom for individuals More individual responsibility and motivation

Basically, the individuals of the co-economy work more self-organized and responsible than ever before. Nevertheless, they need functioning infrastructures that allow them to work more flexibly in terms of time and space. Ultimately, this development also demands a lot from companies. Because flat hierarchies are by no means synonymous with less responsibility. On the contrary: With the disruption of previous work processes, the complexity of process control increases dramatically. All those involved have to position themselves in these new digital technologies, infrastructures and ecosystems and help shape new processes as well as possible.

Social media monitoring: 2 good reasons and 8 tools that should convince you

Brands should react to their customers’ conversations online. We present eight social media monitoring tools that can be used to follow discussions.

What is social media monitoring – and why is it important?

Social media monitoring lets you know what your customers think of you.

Social media monitoring is all about getting an overview of the signals on the internet about your own brand – about new company-relevant topics, customer opinions about your own company, products or services and the competition. For this purpose, certain key words can be set and tracked with the help of tools, which inform about ongoing conversations in the network.

In contrast to a social media analysis, social media monitoring is carried out continuously, for example in order to be promptly informed about problematic posts. In this way, those responsible can set up automatic notifications – also known as “Alerts” – in order, for example, to identify and intercept emerging crisis situations in good time.

But social media monitoring does not only have to serve to avoid shitstorms. It is also important that community managers see when, for example, an influencer speaks up. Praise can also be received – even if it is simply a simple “Thank you!” Maintaining relationships is another important reason why social media monitoring is fundamentally worthwhile.

Over the years, a market has developed that supports companies with a variety of tools for social media monitoring – some for free, some for a fee. At this point we give a brief overview of the most important protagonists.

8 popular social media monitoring tools at a glance

Know what customers are talking about. Social media monitoring tools help to keep track of conversations online.

1. Hootsuite

Anyone using Hootsuite for the first time could quickly get the impression that it is a pure analytics tool. It is primarily used to schedule and distribute content in social networks and, among other things, provides coverage statistics.

But there’s more to the Hootsuite. Twitter and Facebook mentions, for example, can also be followed via individual streams, which community managers can answer from within the program. The Hootsuite is available in both a free and paid version from 19 euros per month.

2. Brandwatch

Even Luxury watches can derive both analyzes and pursue discussions on the social web. What is special about the tool is its excellent coverage of various forums, news sites and blogs.

The Brandwatch tool is considered one of the most comprehensive on the market and is used by numerous companies such as Sky and Whole Foods. According to the company, it accesses over 80 million sources. Brandwatch can be tested for free for seven days and is then subject to a charge. The price is 600 euros per month.

3. Echobot

Echobot is a monitoring tool for social as well as classic media. PR departments can also use it to manage addresses and send their own press releases to a mailing list.

The service is also recommendable because of its German location. Echobot advertises that it is subject to German data protection guidelines and thus special standards. Echobot can be tested free of charge. The basic version of the Montoring offer then costs 299 euros per month.

4. Radarly

Also Radarly is incredibly large – from analysis options through to influencer spotting a complete CRM offering.

For people who want to concentrate solely on social media monitoring, Radarly could also be too extensive, because the range of functions has its price: the starter package alone costs 480 euros. But if you want a solution for everything, you should test the tool.

5. Audiense

Until  recently, Audiense was still called Social Bro and is limited to monitoring in the Twitter cosmos. The tool offers in-depth analyzes, competitor comparisons and real-time monitoring at a high level. In addition, followers can be divided into finely scalable criteria.

This includes, for example, the number of followers, the ratio between the number of followers and friends (important to filter out influencers, for example) or the number of tweets during a certain time (important to track down dead accounts). Social Bro is available for free.

6. Talkwalker

Also Talk Walker is popular and can compete on the features loosely with Brand Watch. The tool also collects content from forums, blogs, news sites, Twitter, Facebook and other major social networks. In addition, Talkwalker can also be used to identify newly discussed topics, which is helpful, among other things, when conceptualists want to set up a real-time marketing campaign. The tool comes in a free free version and paid versions. The basic version costs 500 euros.

7. 247 degree connect

Also 247GRAD Connect provides an access to the latest mentions of predetermined keywords in news portals, blogs, forums and on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. In addition, the program also offers a content planner and a clear analytics function. 247GRAD Connect is a German tool. Those interested can test it for 30 days. The test phase ends automatically and is non-binding.

8. Buffer Respond

Buffer Respond is also brand new on the market . So far, the tool could only be used to plan and distribute content on the social web. Since last year, however, it has also been possible to answer user queries on Twitter and to run brand monitoring in the microblog. The basic version is available free of charge.

Social Media Toolbox: 17+ useful tools, apps and plugins that make your everyday life easier

Social media professionals watch out! In this list we have listed other little helpers that enrich your everyday work. Regardless of whether it is about planning and researching content or about services that help with networking. Also take a look at the article “Social media toolbox: 17+ useful tools, apps and plugins that make your everyday life easier” .

Higher, faster, further: 7 tips for scalable content marketing

Content is an effective means of increasing sales, but how do you scale efficient content marketing ? The following seven tips will help with this mammoth task.

1. Automate the topic research

Researching the subject is complex and time-consuming, writes Tampon. He therefore uses some services that speed up the process. First and foremost is “ If this, than that ” (IFTTT). Tampon couples the web service with the RSS feeds of important blogs and can be used to send current articles via email. In this way, they can keep an eye on which topics are currently relevant and find inspiration for their own content.

Another web service for this task is Buzzsumo . Tampon uses its filter to filter out the most shared contributions from the relevant industries, he writes in his article. But the comments of interested readers also regularly contain topic ideas, says Tampon. To export all comments, he uses the WordPress plug-in ” Comment Contact Exporter ” from Seer Interactive.

Tampon also mentions the “ Content Discovery Scraper List ” as a final recommendation . With the help of the topics generated in this way, he always finds “quick inspiration”. Although the list is in English, it can be translated quickly.

2. Find a co-author

For larger projects such as an e-book, Tampon recommends working with a suitable co-author. This not only leads to better content, but also to a greater reach.

3. Share content in multiple formats

Transferring existing content to new formats is relatively cheap but effective. Perfect for small campaigns. For this purpose, marketers convert a presentation into a blog post and a video, for example, and thereby increase their reach despite relatively little effort.

But that’s not all. Tampon recommends converting the most popular and successful posts into pages. They would usually rank better and, above all, permanently. In order to select the appropriate contributions, website operators should consider the number of visitors, shares and links, explains Tampon.

4. Write guest posts regularly

Guest posts not only serve the reputation and link building, but also the reach. Those who regularly write for other websites are slowly bringing their visitors to their own platform. It is only important to give them clear incentives to do so. Tampon also has some tips for beginners:

  • Start writing for websites that are already linking to your site. Its operators are more likely to agree to such requests. Tampon recommends thanking them first for their support (e.g. links or shares) and then asking whether there is a fundamental interest in regular guest contributions.
  • Publish enough quality content on your website. You can then better link your own subpages in your guest posts, a big step towards good rankings.
  • Only write for strong websites. According to Tampon, a good criterion for selection is, for example, the domain authority of the Moz Toolbar.

5. Develop a strong content team

For more content, more authors are needed in the long term. According to Tampon, clear guidelines and instructions are needed in this context. Only they guarantee uniform communication in the long term. A contribution on this topic that is well worth reading can be found at Distilled .

6. Optimize your content

It pays to optimize your own content for both users and search engines. Tampon gives the following tips on this, but also refers to the classic on-page tactics .

  • Use terms that are related to the industry to increase the chance of rankings in the longtail.
  • Use longer text phrases for internal links. This increases the click rate, says Tampon.
  • If possible, always link relevant posts from your own website to guest posts.

7. Invest in marketing your content

Marketing is responsible for 50 percent of your website’s success, according to Tampon. So use all your options, but especially the inbound channels. Tampon considers marketing via email to be particularly important. It can be combined well with classic content marketing, he emphasizes.